MODEL OF THE MONUMENT
To the memory of the Jewish children
sent to the deportation camp of Auschwitz and assassinated.
THE SYMBOLS OF THE WORK
In this sculpture I wanted to show a group of children huddled
together with, above their heads, a huge parallelepiped block
representing the blind and inhuman strength which is about to
crash them and burn them into ashes.
Usually sculptures are built in a pyramidal mode with the
tip up. The best-known prototype is Michael Ange’s pieta
because if you draw lines joining the exterior points of
this sculpture, you will find this pyramidal model
that symbolizes ascension and spirituality.
On the contrary, in this model of monument the exterior lines
are inscribed in a parallelepiped, a heavy volume without
escape because when you touch children’s lives, you reach
the utmost barbarity without any possible redemption.
In this sculpture, I did not want to show any particular
Jewish symbols because this is first and foremost a Human
tragedy because a child remains a child whatever is his
religion or the colour of his skin.
The specified sizes of this monument are 320 cm in height,
200 cm width and 150 cm depth. The height of this sculpture
is so specified that the space between the block above and
the base should be of 140 cm to allow these different
children to be represented life-size.